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[af-ter-teyst, ahf-] /ˈæf tərˌteɪst, ˈɑf-/
a taste remaining after the substance causing it is no longer in the mouth.
the remaining sensation following an unpleasant experience, incident, etc.:
the aftertaste of a bad marriage.
Origin of aftertaste
First recorded in 1820-30; after + taste Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for aftertaste
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  • He had known nightmares before; none of them had left this aftertaste.

    Voodoo Planet Andre Norton
  • The aftertaste of Selma had been bitter, but the small, sharp flurry at the Godwin house left them no longer feeling so bitter.

    Ride Proud, Rebel! Andre Alice Norton
  • Thus she comforted herself before the aftertaste of Miss von Schwertfeger's late visits was dispelled by new dreams of happiness.

    The Song of Songs Hermann Sudermann
  • Not for her home in the Vicolo: this everlasting love-making with its aftertaste of stale sugar had turned her sick of Padua.

    Little Novels of Italy Maurice Henry Hewlett
British Dictionary definitions for aftertaste


a taste that lingers on after eating or drinking
a lingering impression or sensation
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aftertaste in Medicine

aftertaste af·ter·taste (āf'tər-tāst')
A taste persisting in the mouth after the substance that caused it is no longer present.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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